Coverack Camping

UK England South West England Cornwall Falmouth

  • Campfires allowed
  • Dogs welcome
  • Beaches nearby
  • Good walks nearby
Traditional camping on the Lizard Peninsula with easy access to coast, countryside and Cornish ice cream

The white-washed homes and cottages of Coverack, tumble down from the surrounding hills as if drawn by the promise of the beach and the irresistibly pleasing sight of fishing boats bobbing on the water. Resisting the pull, are two farms on the edge of the village, both owned by members of an old-school Cornish family, the Roskillys. The north-east hillside is home to their ice cream farm and the organic dairy herd that supplies it. The south-west hillside is home to Coverack Camping, with a pleasant footpath connecting the two.

Caravans and campers have been making their way to Coverack Camping at Penmarth Farm for half a century, attracted by the valley views and sea glimpses the place provides. Established by Ben and Georgia Roskilly, it’s now being run by the next generation; nephew Jake and his partner Annette. There are plans to make improvements, perhaps to even (whisper it) introduce some glamping but, for now, the modernisation has been subtle and it remains a fairly traditional place. The few static caravans of yesteryear and the slightly creaky toilet block may be gone but it remains a back-to-basics site with simple facilities. New compost loos, refurbed showers and a washing up sink are about the size of it; everything you need and nothing you don’t.

Pitches are pre-allocated and set across a number of hedged paddocks either side of a track which gives access for the campervans, motorhomes and caravans that are all welcome here. There are just three hard-standing pitches where electric hook-up is possible. The rest, 27 for caravans and 30 for tents, are grassy and off grid. For tent campers, the established access route means it’s perfect for those who like the convenience of parking next to pitch.

The real glory of this place is that it’s the closest campsite to the village (apart from a few pitches in the YHA garden). It’s a five-minute walk on footpaths to the sand and shingle beach that low tide reveals at Coverack and to its little harbour. The village has all the basics; a shop, fish and chips and somewhere to hire kayaks and paddleboards. You can walk from here on the South West Coast Path or drive 30 minutes to the UK’s most southerly spot at spectacular Lizard Point. And, don’t forget, for a taste of Roskillys organic ice cream you only have to hike over to the next hill. It’s a couple of miles from the campsite and a visit also offers a look round the farm. Cows, countryside, coast and ice cream... the staples of a holiday in Cornwall are here in spades – or should that be scoops?

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Details

Facilities

There are six composting toilets and a block of six showers. There's a partially-covered washing-up area and a communal fridge/freezer is available. The site has WiFi and very good 4G coverage. Barbecues and campfires are allowed but only in off-ground fire pits; bring your own as they are not currently available to hire on site.

Suitable For

Tents, campervans, caravans, well-behaved dogs – yes. Groups and noisy folk – no.

Nearby

The campsite is situated above the beautiful fishing village of Coverack. It is an easy five-minute walk down to the beach and harbour via an off-road, scenic valley walk. The beach is suitable for swimming and Coverack Windsurfing Centre, which operates out of the harbour, offers lessons in windsurfing and equipment hire for stand-up paddleboarding and kayaking. The southwest coastal path passes through the village. Porthkerris Diving School (01326 280620) is six miles up the coast and the beautiful beaches at Kynance Cove and Lizard Point are both within 30-minute's drive of Coverack Camping. Roskilly's Farm is three miles away but can be reached via a lovely walk through the fields. There (along with eating ice cream – see below) you can join a pottery lesson run by ceramicist Sally Tully (book in advance).

Food & Drink

On a warm sunny evening there's nothing better than a cold beer and fish and chips sitting on the sheltered harbour wall; try the takeaway options from The Lifeboathouse (01326 281 400). Also in the village is The Paris Hotel (01326 280258) which serves food and also does takeaway. Archies Loft (01326 281440) is a cute little cafe serving Roskilly's Ice cream and quality takeaway food. The village store has a range of goods including local produce and, for special occasions, try The Bay Hotel restaurant (01326 280464). Roskilly's Farm is the best place to try the family's well-known Cornish ice cream, as it is direct from source. There's also a casual restaurant on site that serves breakfasts and lunches.

Open

April–October.

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The Owner Says

Coverack camping is a basic site for caravans, campervans and tents and, in the future, glamping pods within a five-minute valley walk of the safe swimming beach and harbour of the village of Coverack. Coverack is a beautiful village on the east side of the Lizard Peninsula with a shop and a cafe, a restaurant and a pub. A windsurfing school operates in the harbour hiring out kayaks and SUPs. Fishing trips operate from the harbour. The campsite was run for over 50 years by Ben and Georgia Roskilly, It has now been taken over by his nephew Jake Roskilly and Annette Wittkamp.

Pitches

Three hard-standing pitches with electric hook-up and 57 grassy pitches.

Touring Pitch plus EHU

Hard-Standing Pitch with EHU Sleeps 6 3 Available
Hard standing pitch with electricity, suitable for caravans and camper vans. 5 minutes valley walk to Coverack beach. Each pitch suitable for 1 vehicle, sleeping up to 6 people.

Main field -Caravan pitch

Grass Pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, 5 minutes valley walk to Coverack beach. Each pitch suitable for 1 vehicle, sleeping up to 6 people.

Main Field - Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 7 Available
grass pitch with no electricity suitable tents 5 minutes valley walk to the beach sleeping up to 6 people

Long Field - Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 10 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable for tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach, sleeping up to 6 people.

Donkey Field - Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 20 Available
grass pitch with no electricity suitable tents 5 minutes valley walk to the beach sleeping up to 6 people

Bay Field - Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 6 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach. Sleeps up to 6 people, limited vehicle access.

Bens Field - Tent Pitch

Grass pitch Sleeps 6 4 Available
Grass pitch with no electricity, suitable tents, 5 minutes valley walk to the beach. Sleeps up to 6 people, limited vehicle access.

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Extras

Location

Contact Coverack Camping, Penmarth Farm, Coverack, Cornwall TR12 6SB

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Getting There

From Helston, take the B3083, past the Royal Naval base Culdrose. Turn left at the mini roundabout on to the B3293 towards St Keverne and follow the road past Goonhilly Earth Station (you'll spot the satellite dishes). Just before getting to Zoar Garage, turn right and, after a mile, turn left. Follow the road for a further mile and you will come to the campsite on your left. This is the back route in to Coverack village. Access via the village is ill advised for touring caravans and large campervans.

The nearest train stations are at Truro and Redruth. There is a direct bus service from Truro to Coverack. From Redruth, take a bus to Helston and then the local bus to Coverack. Services are by provided by FirstGroup. The campsite is a short walk from the bus stop.

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